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The scheming Apparatchik of the Prague spring

Heimann, Mary (2008) The scheming Apparatchik of the Prague spring. Europe-Asia Studies, 60 (10). pp. 1717-1734. ISSN 0966-8136

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In the last week of August 1968, as unfolding footage of the Soviet and Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia was being shown to an astonished world, the reputation of the country's leader, Alexander Dubek, began to be fixed in collective political memory. The Times, like most other Western newspapers, presented the First Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (Komunistick strana eskoslovenska (KS)) as a gentle, decent man; a leader as devoted to his countrymen as they so manifestly were to him. True, Dubek had at first been hesitant to embrace radical reform; but, once persuaded of the need to liberalise and democratise the communist system, he had become one of 'liberal' or 'progressive' socialism's staunchest and most enthusiastic supporters.

Item type: Article
ID code: 19953
Notes: Also published in: 1948 and 1968 – Dramatic Milestones in Czech and Slovak History (2009), Cashman, L. (Ed), ISBN: 978-0415499903. This is a variant record V: 28566
Keywords: Asian politics, Asian studies, Russia, former Soviet Union, East European studies, Prague, Czechoslovakia, Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics, Economics and Econometrics, Sociology and Political Science, Geography, Planning and Development
Subjects: History General and Old World > Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 09:03
Last modified: 10 Dec 2015 18:55
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